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Divya Kumar - Hillsborough County Community Reporter

Hillsborough County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

  1. Dr. Philip Adler treated generations of Tampa children, including Hannah Millman, who was 2 years old at the time of this visit.
    The Tampa pediatrician also played a prominent role in desegregating local hospital care.
  2. (From left) Monica Ruiz, Juliana Pineda and Paulette Latimer share a laugh during the Women Building Futures Graduation Celebration held at Hillsborough Community College South Shore campus in Ruskin, Florida on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
    The program is a 15-week course at Hillsborough Community College designed to help women advance in the construction industry.
  3. Messiah Davis, 19 months old, choked on hamburger meat while at a South Tampa child care center and lost oxygen to his brain. He died four days later. His mother has filed a wrongful death suit.
    Felicia Davis has filed a wrongful death suit, saying Kiddie Kollege failed to save her child and questioning why he was fed hamburger.
  4. The Ruskin Seafood Festival and Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts have merged. The event will run over two days this weekend at E.G. Simmons Park.
    The Ruskin Seafood Festival and Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts have merged. The event will run over two days this weekend at Ruskin’s E.G. Simmons Park.
  5. Caribbean Twist opened this summer at 3328 W Columbus Drive.
    West Tampa siblings hope to bring Cuban food with flair from other island cuisines
  6. City Councilman Orlando Gudes spoke at at a press conference Monday celebrating the arrival of a new ambulance in East Tampa. (Divya Kumar | TIMES).
    After city approves $590K budget request, an emergency service vehicle arrives at Station 10.
  7. A group of Sulphur Springs residents is working to raise funds to preserve the water tower, which has not been repainted in 30 years.
    The 214-foot tall water tower along the Hillsborough River hasn’t been painted in 30 years.
  8. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness offers group boxing classes in South Tampa. (Photo courtesy Mayweather Boxing + Fitness).
    Floyd Mayweather’s workout franchise comes to Tampa.
  9. Damineh Oveisi greets her mother Maryam Rastkhiz at Tampa International Airport. Rastkhiz was initially prohibited from traveling to the United States under President Donald Trump's travel ban. But she received a medical waiver and arrived with her husband, Lotfollah, Oct. 5. Damineh's daughter, Leyana, also helped greet them at the airport.
    Damineh Oveisi had to fight for her parents’ travel visas. The last stretch was a race against the clock.
  10. Seated before a map of Zion Cemetery, Leroy Moore of the Tampa Housing Authority, left, talks about moving families who live atop the burial ground. Also serving on a panel Tuesday at the Tampa Bay History Center are, left to right, Rebecca O'Sullivan of the Florida Public Archaeology Network and Tampa Bay Times staffers James Borchuck and Paul Guzzo.
    At a panel discussion on the African-American burial ground, one leader laments: "People feel like spirits are eating with them.”